UCL Centre for Systems Engineering



Established in 1998, the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) is a centre of excellence for systems engineering and the management of technology projects. 

UCLse's founding aim was to share the knowledge and skills developed by the Mullard Space Science Laboratory from over two hundred successful rocket and space missions completed over the last fifty years with systems engineers in other sectors. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored the creation of a flexible/modular MSc programme to be delivered with GEC Marconi (now BAE Systems).

Around the same time, Prof Alan Smith of UCLse co-developed a Project Management  training course accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and leading to the PMQ qualification.

This interest in both systems engineering and project management continues to this day, and we offer courses in each of these areas, recognising the importance of integrating the two disciplines. This is one of the five fundamental principles that we believe contribute to the successful delivery of complex projects.

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Permanent staff are based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, which has around 175 staff split between the main site in Surrey and the London office in Taviton St (part of UCL's main campus).

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Our staff balance the practical application of systems engineering in research and development projects with investigations into how to advance the practice.

Principles of Systems Engineering

Principles of Systems Engineering

We believe that the realisation of large, complex projects requires a combination of good systems engineering practice, strategic planning, project management and systems thinking. 


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UCLse advisory board is from a range of industry sectors 

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We are sponsored/partered with:
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
BAE Systems
Association for Project Management (APM)

Raúl Leal
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